Estacion Las Tortugas - Turtle Station
In 2004, in conjunction with the Foundation, Stanley created “Las Siete Quillas,” a sea turtle education center to inspire visiting travelers and local students to take action to protect the endangered species. Primary threats to the species include poaching, beachfront development, ocean pollution, poor fishing techniques and long-held cultural beliefs about the benefits of eating turtle eggs. His passion is educating local students about the majestic creatures, and discouraging the consumption of the eggs as their ancestors have done for generations.
So fragile as hatchlings, fully grown turtles can average six feet long and weigh up to 1,000 lbs. Thanks to the assistance of the EcoTeach Foundation, Stanley and the other researches at his station have been able to tag nesting females which enables yearly population studies, transplant eggs to protected hatcheries, safely release hatchlings into the ocean, and patrol beaches in search of nesting turtles and hatchlings.